Uber terminates self-driving cars service

Governor Ducey has suspended Uber from testing self-driving vehicles after a deadly pedestrian crash

On March 18, at around 10 p.m., an Uber self-driving auto hit a woman as she was crossing a street in Tempe, Arizona.

Uber did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment. In the meantime, Uber may choose to continue developing self-driving vehicle technology in private on closed courses. They show that Ducey's staff worked closely with the company as it began experimenting with autonomous vehicles that the company began testing on public roads in August 2016 without informing the public.

"Allegations that any company has secretly tested self-driving cars in Arizona is 100 percent false", Ducey spokesman Patrick Ptak said. Another five state governors have issued executive orders, including Arizona, according to the NCSL.

Uber had been testing its self-driving cars in states across the US including Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and also in Toronto.

On Wednesday, the governor's office did not substantively answer Ars' questions about the nature of its relationship with Uber, referring us instead to a two-page "point-by-point" rebuttal of The Guardian's story. "As governor, my top priority is public safety".

Uber recently found themselves in a bit of trouble after one of their self-driving cars got into an accident with a pedestrian, resulting in her death.

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When Uber decided in 2016 to retire its fleet of self-driving Ford Fusion cars in favour of Volvo sport utility vehicles, it also chose to scale back on one notable piece of technology: the safety sensors used to detect objects in the road. Self-driving startup NuTonomy Inc. suspended self-driving tests on public roads in Boston for a week at the request of city officials.

Update 3/28, 3:26 PM: Updated with comment from the Arizona governor's office.

Experts have told The Associated Press that the SUV's laser and radar sensors should have spotted Herzberg, and the vehicle should have stopped.

Uber put a temporary halt to the program in the United States after the March 18 accident, and has opted not to renew its permit to test such vehicles on roads in California.

It behooves Uber and other companies competing to ideal self-driving vehicles to learn from this death in Tempe. While the full ramifications of this incident continue to evolve, this cessation of testing will likely slow development by companies other than Uber as well.

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